Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc.’s first Lower Mainland headquarters was a house on Bridgeport Road in Richmond — homey, but it would be a bit cramped for today’s home-base operation of 312 employees overseeing the operations of 39 auction sites around the world.
In fact, the company has twice outgrown Richmond locations, which eventually sprawled to three corners of the municipality.
To that end, the company has just moved into an expansive, 160,000-square-foot global headquarters replete with fitness centre, cafeteria and in-house daycare centre more fitting for the world’s largest industrial auctioneer.
The gleaming glass and steel structure is still on the banks of the Fraser River, but upstream in Burnaby in the Glenlyon business park — at the bucolic end, bordered by trees and riverside park trails. It is officially opening this Thursday.
“We just want to make a nice place for people to come to work and enjoy their time here, and maintain the culture that we have at Ritchie Bros.,” president Rob MacKay said in an interview, adding that he hopes the company will be in the new location for a long time.